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ERIC Number: ED302519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Improving the Autonomy of Teachers: The Competing Roles of Scholarship and Legitimation.
Howley, Craig B.
This essay defines autonomy as the responsible self-direction of teachers engaged in planning and carrying out instruction in the schools in which they teach, particularly in their own classrooms. This 'professional' definition excludes the influence of teachers on district- or state-level policies, regulations, guidelines, or plans. The essay asks why teachers act as they do in their own classrooms and schools, because that is where a teacher's autonomy can be most frequently exercised. Lack of autonomy is defined as failure to exercise responsible self-direction, not as freedom from supervision, because responsible self-direction is a quality of action rather than a state of being. The discussion here assumes that whatever the state of the profession of teaching, there are measures that individual teachers can take to exercise responsible self-direction in their own classrooms. The discussion asks why comparatively few teachers adopt such measures. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A